Shelley Rudman sets track record, wins World Cup skeleton race

Britain's Shelley Rudman beat the track record by more than half a second.
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WINTERBERG, Germany (AP) -- Shelley Rudman of Britain set a track record to win a World Cup skeleton race Friday. Noelle Pikus-Pace of the United States was third, her first time on the podium in three years.

Rudman beat the track record by more than a half second, finishing the two runs in 1:56.30. Anja Huber of Germany trailed by 0.99 seconds.

Pikus-Pace, a former world champion who returned to the circuit after a brief retirement, was timed in 1:57.40.

American Katie Uhlaender, the reigning world champion, missed the cut for the final heat after skidding during the first run.

Said Uhlaender: "In nine years, I have never lost the chance for a second run. I really thought Noelle and I were going to battle it out for the win."

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